Direct Benefits Transfer scheme launches today in 20 districts
The programme will expand to another 11 districts on February 1 and 12 more districts will be added on March 1. A total of 43 districts in 16 states have been identified for the first round of DBT that will cover 26 social welfare schemes.
Announcing the launch, Finance Minister P Chidambaram sounded a note of caution saying there may be some teething problems and technical glitches as the flagship scheme takes off. The minister also said that at this stage there was no attempt to shift transfer of food, fertiliser, kerosene or LPG subsidy to the DBT mode as these were complex issues that can only be addressed when the government is fully confident of their amenability to DBT.
“Seven schemes are ready for rollout from tomorrow. I am confident that all beneficiaries in the 20 districts have a bank account. Every effort is being made to ensure that all beneficiary accounts are seeded with the Aadhaar number... credit into account will take place whether the Aadhaar is seeded or not,” Chidambaram said.
The minister said that the scheme should get a “fair trial” and a verdict on its failure or success should not be pronounced right away as it is a “huge new experiment” and all efforts are being made
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